It was slated to be a magical summer evening in August, 2020, on the lawn of The ViewPoint Hotel overlooking the Nubble Lighthouse. For the fifth year in a row, hundreds of guests were planning to gather to celebrate the achievements of the Hancock Family Fund for Healthy Aging at York Hospital and to raise funds to sustain and grow the hospital’s ability to care for our aging community. Despite their best laid plans, hospital leadership and the Hancock family decided to postpone this year’s fundraiser to July 29, 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Healthy aging is a serious concern for seacoast area residents, as Maine ranks #1 out of the 50 American states with the largest number of residents 65 and older (20.6%), followed closely by Florida (20.5%). York Hospital’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment identified “Healthy Aging” as a priority health issue, with goals to increase senior access to quality healthcare and improve social determinants of health in the areas of food insecurity, social isolation, and transportation.
We are so very fortunate to have the support of the Hancock family and their extended network of relatives and friends, said York Hospital’s interim CEOs Robin LaBonte and Dr. Jennifer Cutts. “Through their generosity and support from our wonderful community, in 2019 York Hospital was able to provide seniors in our service area with 20,028 rides to medical appointments and prescription deliveries, an average of 40 house calls a month, and we delivered more than 4,400 meals to seniors in their homes.
“After COVID-19 hit southern Maine this spring, we have seen demand for these services rapidly rise. We are honored to provide these supportive services to seniors, in addition to the high-quality medical care the hospital is known for, and we are committed to caring for our older adults, in the many ways they need us, during this pandemic and beyond. The funds raised by the annual Hancock Classic help us sustain this important work and fulfill our mission as an independent nonprofit community hospital, to care for all regardless of their ability to pay.”
The Hancock Family Fund for Healthy Aging supports important, in-demand programs such as transportation, meal and prescription delivery, and the Center for Older Adults house calls program to promote and improve the overall health and well-being of older adults. The Hancock family has helped the hospital raise more than $150,000 to support these programs and services.
The Hancock fund and annual fundraiser were both named and created to honor the lives of Cape Neddick residents Frank and Kay Hancock, known for their leadership, community spirit and commitment to supporting York Hospital. Their children, Josh, Emi and Cal established the fund in 2015 to continue their parents’ legacy.
“I am continually overwhelmed by the support of this great community,” said Josh Hancock, who typically chairs the event and entertains the lively crowd. “Each year, our fundraiser continues to grow, and our family is heartened to know that more and more ‘Healthy Agers’ benefit in so many meaningful ways from these impactful programs at York Hospital and the generosity of our friends, family and community. Stay safe and well – and see you next summer!”
While the festivities will have to wait until 2021, we still need your support, now more than ever before. Please click to donate to the Hancock Family Fund for Healthy Aging today. For more information, please contact York Hospital Community Relations at (207) 351-2385 or [email protected]
Hancock Classic Sponsors and Donors
Special thanks to the following sponsors and donors, without whose commitment and ongoing support we would not be successful in our efforts to grow The Hancock Family Fund for Healthy Aging.
- Aston Martin
- Astral Tequila
- Barbara and Jonathan Goldsmith
- Barnacle Billy’s
- Betts Family Foundation
- Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing
- Cape Air
- Claire Bigbee Paintings
- Clark & Howell Estate Planning
- The Clown, Fine Art and Wine
- Jay Jakubowski & Shawn Nightingale of Papa Octopus Productions
- Filias Advertising
- Foster’s Clambakes & Catering
- Hancock Gourmet Lobster
- Hannaford and Dumas
- Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints
- Jonathan’s Ogunquit
- Joshcar, Inc
- Key Ford
- Kittery Trading Post
- Lauren Hancock Goldberg Paintings
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- MedPro Group
- Mercedes-Benz of Portsmouth
- New England Retirement Consultants
- Northeast Delta Dental
- Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network
- Ogunquit Lobster Pound
- Ogunquit Playhouse
- Roberto’s Italian Restaurant
- Row 34 and Chef Jeremy Sewall
- RSVP Discount Beverages
- Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
- Stones Throw Restaurant
- USI Insurance Services
- Varney & Company
- The ViewPoint Hotel
- Village Veterinary Clinic
- York Parks & Recreation